Colter, Jessi

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Colter, Jessi Gender: F
Mirriam Rebecca Joan Johnson
born on 25 May 1943 at 23:04 (= 11:04 PM )
Place Phoenix, Arizona, 33n27, 112w04
Timezone MWT h6w (is war time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 04°05' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 29°29 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 09°37'

Jessi Colter (at the 2006 South by Southwest Festival)
photo: Ron Baker (Kingsnake), license cc-by-sa-2.0


American country music artist best known for her collaboration with her husband, country singer and songwriter Waylon Jennings, and for her 1975 country-pop crossover hit "I'm Not Lisa".

Jessi Colter was one of the few female artists to emerge from the mid-1970s "outlaw country" movement. After meeting Jennings, Colter pursued a career in country music, releasing her first studio LP in 1970, A Country Star Is Born. Five years later, Colter signed with Capitol Records and released her first solo single, "I'm Not Lisa", which topped the country charts and reached the top five on the pop charts. In 1976 she was featured on the collaboration LP Wanted: The Outlaws, which became an RIAA-certified Platinum album.

Her first marriage was to guitarist Duane Eddy in 1961, and still using her real name of Miriam Johnson, she issued two singles that were issued on the Jamie label. The first, "Lonesome Road", received scattered airplay in several US markets, though not enough to make any national charts. After a second single failed to even get regional airplay, Johnson did not record again for nearly a decade. She pursued a career as a songwriter under her married name, Mirriam Eddy. Her songs were recorded by Don Gibson, Nancy Sinatra, and Dottie West. She continued to tour with Eddy until divorcing in 1968. The Eddys had a daughter, Jennifer.

In 1969 Colter met and married Waylon Jennings. At this time, Colter adopted her stage name, Jessi Colter, in honour of her great-grandfather, Jesse Colter. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee, with Jennings. Colter and Jennings had one son, Waylon Albright "Shooter" Jennings (born 19 May 1979). In the early 1980s, Colter and Jennings nearly divorced due to his addiction to drugs and other forms of substance abuse. However, they remained together until Jennings's death in 2002.

On 11 April 2017, Colter released a tell-all memoir, An Outlaw and a Lady: A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon, and the Faith That Brought Me Home.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Atkins, Chet (born 20 June 1924)


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 11 April 2017 ("An Outlaw and a Lady")
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate ("Miriam Joan Johnson"). In her autobiography she gives her birth name as "Mirriam Rebecca Joan Johnson."


  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (2nd husband, Waylon Jennings, 1969-2002)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Duane Eddy; Waylon Jennings)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Shooter Jennings)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Country-Western
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (Country)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("An Outlaw and a Lady")